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WBGO's award-winning half-hour news magazine. Hard-hitting, informative and fun.

WBGO's award-winning half-hour news magazine. Hard-hitting, informative and fun.
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Newark, NJ

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WBGO's award-winning half-hour news magazine. Hard-hitting, informative and fun.

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@wbgonews

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English

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Newark Public Radio, Inc. 54 Park Place Newark, NJ 07102 973-624-8880


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Black Panther: Just Another Super Hero Movie

2/16/2018
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The good guys, the bad guys, the good women, the bad women and the missing link in the form of a long, lost son who lays claim to the throne of the fictional, all black Central African, Brigadoon-style republic of Wakanda, are all black. An all black super hero movie? That’s great—if you’re 13. It’s even great if you’re 8 and have figured out how to sneak into a PG-13 film. And no review should tamper with how those age groups see the film. In fact, I’d say it will do any and all kids good...

Duration:00:06:14

Parents For Change in Union Township

2/16/2018
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Parents for Change started in 2014 in Union Township. Paul Casey was one of the founders of the grassroots group that were not happy with the direction the school board was headed at the time. Parents for Change would eventually get several of their candidates on the school board with a goal of keeping politics out of the classroom. Casey, and two former Union Board of Education members Nancy Zuena and Ronnie McDowell spoke to WBGO's Doug Doyle about how they were able to succeed in...

Duration:00:18:46

A Welcome Home for the Amazon Echo

2/9/2018
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A lot of people are putting the Amazon Echo and other so-called smart speakers in their home that use a voice interface to play audio content, look up trivia on the web, control home appliances and buy stuff on-line. The Amazon Echo has been embraced by blind people. Click above to hear Jon Kalish's feature.

Duration:00:04:59

The Space Between The Notes: The 38th Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

2/9/2018
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February 17 is the date of the 38th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark. Organizer Dr. Mark Krasovic and Keynote Speaker and jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris sat down with WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle to talk about next Saturday's day-long event. This year's theme is "The Space Between the Notes: The Social Life of Music in Black History." The conference is sponsored by the Clement A. Price Institute on...

Duration:00:34:08

Avoiding the Hard-Hitting Flu This Season

2/2/2018
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Ang Santos: Some experts say this is the worst flu season in a decade, and in New Jersey potentially on record when it’s all said and done. Joining us on the phone is Dr. Bill Miller, author of The Microcosm Within: Evolution and Extinction in the Hologenome . Dr. Miller is a veteran physician with special interest in infectious diseases, thanks for joining us. Dr. Bill Miller: Thanks very much for having me on. AS: First off, a professional opinion, is this one of the worst flu seasons in...

Duration:00:06:43

Passive Houses, Super Energy Efficient Pre-Fab Homes

2/2/2018
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In Seaersmont, Maine a company called Ecocor uses European design principles and tools to build what are referred to as passive houses. These super energy efficient pre-fab homes are assembled on location from wall, floor and roof panels manufactured at the factory. WBGO’s Jon Kalish visited Ecocor and then watched as their team assembled a house nears Woodstock, New York.

Duration:00:05:12

Flying High, Sundance 18'

2/2/2018
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Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen is almost the perfect Sundance film. First, it is written, produced and directed by a woman—one of some 45 features at Sundance directed by women this year of the 120 spread out over nine main sections, including US and international feature and documentary competitions. Second, it’s characters and milieu are quintessentially young, mostly broke and minority born. Thirdly, it’s proudly no-budget. It’s central character, Camille, is an 18-year-old white...

Duration:00:07:00

Bill Would Require All Power Sold In NJ To Come From Renewables By 2035

2/1/2018
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A New Jersey lawmaker wants to speed the timetable for getting all of the state’s electricity from renewable energy sources. Assemblyman Tim Eustace says his bill would require 100 percent of the electric power sold in the state to be from clean energy sources by the year 2035. “This bill had originally been 2050. But as we see technology change and European countries have already reached these goals, there’s no reason why we can’t reach for the same goals.” New Jersey Sierra Club director...

Duration:00:00:47

Murphy Signs Order To Move Ahead With Offshore Wind Projects

1/31/2018
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Governor Phil Murphy is ordering the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to fully implement a law enacted eight years ago to encourage the development of offshore wind projects. Regulations to implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and provide financial aid and tax credits to attract windmill developers stalled during the Christie administration. At the site of an onshore wind farm in Atlantic City, Governor Murphy signed an executive order to move ahead with the program....

Duration:00:00:47

Cissy Houston Honored With Street Naming Ceremony in Newark

1/31/2018
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For more than 50-years, Cissy Houston has led the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. The perfect place for a gathering to celebrate her life’s work. City officials say Houston’s big day in Newark was year’s in the making. Mayor Ras Baraka presented Cissy Houston a key to the city. “Her singing talent expresses our highest values, inspires audiences around the world and right here in our neighborhoods. She is a pioneer and advocate for the arts. One of the greatest legends in...

Duration:00:02:47

Lena Horne Honored With A Stamp From the USPS

1/30/2018
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Lena Horne is remembered as an all-around entertainer, Hollywood actress, Grammy Award winning singer, and a Tony Award winning Broadway star. But equally important to her legacy was a willingness to use fame as a platform to promote Civil Rights in the 1960’s. Horne’s daughter Gail Lumet Buckley believes her mother would be proud to be put alongside the other members of the USPS Black Heritage Stamp Series. “My mother would have been 100 years old on June 30, 2017. It’s wonderful that she...

Duration:00:02:57

The Stars Of GSP's "American Hero" Ask Where Do You Stand?

1/26/2018
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American Hero , the latest production at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, temporarily located at 103 College Farm Road, is sure to put audience members on an emotional rollercoaster. Two of the stars of the powerful play, Laiona Michelle and Armand Schultz, came to the WBGO studios in Newark to speak with News Director Doug Doyle. From the author of last season’s American Son , this probing drama shines a light on how America honors its veterans, the corrupting effect of...

Duration:00:35:27

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews John Lithgow's “Stories By Heart”

1/26/2018
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John Lithgow earned a Tony award playing a badly injured rugby player in his Broadway debut 45 years ago. He’s starred in two dozen Broadway shows since then, and in his Roundabout Theatre debut he’s now playing himself. Theater critic Michael Bourne has a review.

Duration:00:02:27

The Fats Waller Musical Swingin' Through NJPAC

1/26/2018
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Ain’t MIsbehavin’ The Fats Waller Musical is a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance and the music that made it a swingin’ time in American history. Andre De Shields, one of the show’s original five, recalls its climb from tiny off-Broadway musical, to Tony Award winning sensation. “When a show wants to go to Broadway [today] it first goes out of town. We moved from East 73 rd Street to West 48 th Street in a matter of four months. From December 1977 to May 1978 is that short period where...

Duration:00:06:56

Governor Murphys Vows A Different Relationship With NJEA

1/19/2018
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Chris Christie repeatedly blasted the New Jersey Education Association during his eight years as governor. The leader of the state’s largest teachers’ union and the new governor are indicating their relationship will be much different. Christie was a constant critic of the NJEA, calling it a political thuggery operation that rules by fear and intimidation. He claimed the union’s leaders put their own interests ahead of their members. “They want to treat the next governor with respect, I’m...

Duration:00:03:16

Fear Not Theatergoers: A New Superhero Has Arrived at Two River

1/19/2018
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The world premier of EL COQUI ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM runs through February 4th at Two River Theater in Red Bank. The superhero in this play, written by Matt Barbot and directed by Jose Zayas, is actually an out-of-work comic book creator who keeps getting beat up in alleyways, wearing an homemade pajama costume. The villain in the show, El Chupacabra, is played by actor and Hoboken resident Gabriel Hernandez. Hernandez, who also plays the role of Junior in the fast-moving...

Duration:00:11:22

Newark Rallies Againt Trump Anti-Immigration Policies

1/19/2018
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With the looming federal government shutdown over immigration policies, the Trump administration ending low-level temporary work visas for Haitians, and President Donald Trump reported use of vulgar language when referring to Haiti and African nations. Officials and activists in and around New Jersey’s largest city are taking a stand against the Trump administrations list of ever growing anti-immigration policies. “For the record all of us are immigrants, if he wants us to teach him...

Duration:00:03:21

The Queen Now Rules Medieval Times In Lyndhurst

1/18/2018
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The times...they are changing at Medieval Times housed at the Lyndhurst, New Jersey castle. In the Medieval Times ’ 34-year tradition, a queen has never ruled the land…until now. It started late last week. Queen Isabella is now in charge. Isabella is cast as firm but kind ruler respected throughout the kingdom, inheriting the throne after her father passed away. Medieval Times leadership team developed the idea to cast a matriarch, based in part on guest feedback that they would like to...

Duration:00:03:01

"Surreal" Broadway for Theater Critic Michael Bourne

1/12/2018
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Farinelli and the King , Meteor Shower , and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Duration:00:04:17

David Sanborn: A True Original

1/12/2018
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Legendary saxophonist David Sanborn and his quintet performed two shows at B.B. King's in New York City Friday night. WBGO's morning host Gary Walker spoke with Sanborn about the musician's career and thoughts on jazz and an upcoming internet series called "Sanborn Sessions." Sanborn doesn't want to be put in a genre box.

Duration:00:12:12

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